What has happened to every Christian, and what does it mean (v 1a)?
What three consequences are there of being justified (v 1b,2)?
Why do we boast in sufferings (v3,4)?
How can we be sure our hope will not disappoint us (vs.5-8)?
When did Christ die and for whom (v6-8)?
How is God’s love in Jesus deeper than any human love (v 7)?
When will we be saved, from what and how can we be sure (v9-10)?
What can we boast/rejoice about together (v11)?
What relationships matter a lot to us in our lives? How much does it matter to us to know we are in right relationship with God? How can we help one another care about this relationship as much as we ought?
How does a shared boasting/rejoicing in God affect a church, and how does it differ from lots of individuals ‘boasting’ (vying for position, trying to get one up on others, etc)?
How will a shared boasting in God express itself in the life of a church, in our meetings, in our conversations and sharing of news?
How can we hold together the subjective witness of the Spirit with the objective proof of the cross, when we need reassurance that God loves us?